How Single is Portland? (2014 Edition)

January 14th, 2014 by Broadband

Here we are again.. Another year and another recap on the ratio of single men to women in the Portland area.

Last time we found that there are more single men in the metro area as well as most of the country in our prime demographic of 20-34. While disconcerting, Portland beat out most other large metro areas in what ended up being 112 single men per 100 single women in the 20-34 age range. While a victory, one commenter pointed the large population of homosexuals in the area and of them there tends to be a higher percentage of gays to lesbian. Knowing this along with new stats, lets find out how Portland fairs in this year’s review.

Singles, 20-34


First off we can immediately see that things haven’t changed much. In our key 20-34 demographic the number of single men to women is 518 to 500 or 3.5% higher. While this is a slight jump from 2012, it’s a large decline in our favor compared to 2010’s numbers.

What we really want to do this year is take into account “alternative lifestyles” and how that might skew the numbers in our favor.

According to the  Same-sex Couples and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Population by The Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, 6.1% of the Portland Metro area identifies as lesbian, gay or bi-sexual.

With historical growth, underreporting and  along with our numbers being from 2006, we can feel safe increasing this number to 7% for Portland.

Next we need to find what percentage of these same-sex couples that are male vs female so we can extrapolate that figure to our singles. According to the same institution, while the percentage of homosexual men to women are roughly equal, a larger percentage of men report being strictly gay as opposed to bi-sexual than women. As any single male in Portland can attest, the number of bi-sexual women here almost seems that of fables.



Nearly twice as many men report being strictly homosexual as women giving us some hope in seeing our numbers become even more competitive. Let’s do the math:

Of 518 single men, 23 which are strictly gay, gives us a total of 495 competing males.

Of 500 single women, 11 which are strictly lesbian, gives us a total of 489 available.

Overall, we are looking at 495 single men to 489 single women or a 1.2% spread. Not too shabby.

There you have it. Our singles census ends up a little worse than prior years initially, however when taking some new fact into account, ends up extremely competitive and within the margin of error.

Here’s to a great 2014!

Portland is America’s Fittest City

May 14th, 2013 by Broadband

With the growing obesity epidemic along with many American women becoming complacent and lazy with their looks, it can be frustrating if not depressing to see the pool of hotties shrinking across the country. It’s easy to have a grass is greener mentality when it comes to whatever city you live in. However there is a silver lining.

 fit woman

According to Men’s Fitness, Portland has been ranked the most fit city in the states.

In fact, 6.1% of all male residents ride their bikes to work, by far the highest ratio of any U.S. city. Portland isn’t just about cycling, though: 54.7% of adults in the Rose City perform at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days per week. Temperatures rarely sink below freezing in winter months, and air quality and ozone levels are nearly perfect. Portlanders simply don’t like staying inside. Would you?

As the top-ranked locale in our Healthy City index, it makes sense that, according to the CDC,40.3% of Portland residents weigh in within healthy parameters. Fresh air, fresh food, a thriving fitness culture—and easy access to world class health care—make Portland tops.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, AskMen rated Portland #4.

AFI score: 67.7
Percent obese: 24.0%
Percent active: 54.7%

Just failing to crack the top 3 is Portland, Oregon, a city known for its rose gardens and freakishly fit residents. As one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, Portland houses a comprehensive system of light rail and buses along with 92,000 acres of green space and more than 74 miles of hiking, running and biking trials, making it one of the most foot-friendly cities in the world (let alone the United States). Dog lovers, take note: Portland also boasts more dog parks than any of the other 49 cities surveyed in the AFI!

While these in no way take into account overall quality of women or our high percentage of Suicide Girl wannabees, single mothers, hipsters or otherwise, it’s nice knowing that you are more likely to see the female form as nature intended.

sundressslipupHere’s hoping sundress season offers ample eyecandy

Portland Among ‘Worst Dressed’ Cities

June 7th, 2012 by Broadband

Sigh, is it sad I’m not suprised?

A magazine ranks Portland No. 14 in a list of “worst dressed cities.”

According to Travel & Leisure magazine, the “locals look like trendsetters or like they’ve been playing dress up in their grandparents’ musty prom clothes.”

Anchorage, Alaska was the No. 1 on the list. The magazine said those in that city dressed “like Randy, in a Christmas Story.”

The magazine’s website also allows users to compare cities in a variety of topics — and in a match up, Seattle “won.”

Complete results

On the attractive scale of this list, Portland ranks 13 among major metropolitan cities.  You have the hippies, fat single mothers, dykes and those that assume that since there is a constant overcast that their terrible attire cannot be seen in the daytime. Read the rest of this entry »

Love & Libations: America’s Drunkest Singles

June 1st, 2012 by Broadband

In recognition of the upcoming beer events and all those who’ll be drinking beer this summer, we decided to take a look at how the drinking habits of singles vary across the United States.

The infographic below shows the cities with the highest and lowest percentages of self-identified drinking levels, based on how people answer the “How much do you drink?” profile question. Surprised that Vegas is home to the highest percentage of light drinkers? What about D.C. being the highest?  Where does Portland fit in this with all our micro breweries and craft beers?

Portland ranks #8 in the US with a largest portion identifying themselves as heavy drinkers.  More surprising is that women slightly outnumber men in self-describing themselves as “Heavy Drinkers” 28% to 27%.  Perhaps more interesting is the higher ones education the more likely they are to be heavy drinkers as well with 31% with a bachelor’s degree, 28% a college graduate and only 24% with a high school and/or associates degree.

2012 Singles Census

January 3rd, 2012 by Broadband

Awhile back I made a post on How Single is Portland. This data utilized was based off 2008 census data and unfortunately the map I linked to hasn’t been updated with more recent numbers.

Knowing this I decided to take a look at the more recent 2010 numbers at the American Fact Finder. Has Portland become better or worse to be a single male? How much competition do you really have? How do other western US metro areas compare? Lets dig in and take a look.

The above map gives you a quick visual of a few metro area and how they compare in ratio of single guys to single girls. I’ve focused on the 20-34 age range as that best mirrors my age and the age of women I prefer to attract. Don’t worry we will drill down a bit further for some of you slightly older guys.

What we can see here is that regardless of the metro area you’ll find more single men to single women in this age group. While some metros may be an exception all the ones I researched aren’t. As we move up in age the 35-44 bracket almost evens out in most metros and eventually falls in the favor of men 45+ across just about all the metros.

Let’s drill down to some actual numbers.

What we can see here is that Portland is the best city for single men (in terms of ratio only) of all the west coast cities researched and only beat by NYC. For every 100 single women of Portland in the age of 20-34 there are 112 single men of similar age.

  • Seattle metro is 9% worse at 122 single men to 100single women
  • Denver and Los Angeles metros are 6% worse at 117 single men to 100 single women
  • San Francisco and Dallas Metros are 5% worse at 116 single men to 100 single women
  • New York Metro is 3% better at 108 single men to 100 single women

While these ratios are useful in themselves one must realize that additional factors we won’t go into would have to also be looked at. These include fitness, attractiveness, single mothers, alternative lifestyles, etc.

I decided to go one step further and see if Portland still ranks at the top in the west if you take into consideration the fact that the pool of 20-34 women is also the target of 35-44 men along with men of their own ages. While it’s quite normal for a 34-44 male to marry a women in the same age group one expect that a male in that age group with game would much prefer younger women if not completely rule out women over the age of 34.

Looking at the data with this assumption let’s see how these metros stack up. We’ll assume a scenario where all single women 20-34 are not even in a relationship and are being pursued by all single men aged 20-44 who are also not in relationships. Using this example in Portland you would now have a pool of 212,631 men aged 20-44 attracting and pursuing a pool of 140,198 women aged 20-34. Our percentage would jump to 152% or 152 single men to 100 single women. Let’s see how the other cities stacked up.

  • Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver Metro – 152%
  • Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue – 165%
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont – 158%
  • Denver, Aurora Broomfield Metro – 159%
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana Metro – 155%
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro – 156%
  • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Metro – 142%

While many might complain about lack of fish in the sea or ratios at bars and clubs, one can rest assured that fortunately for us Portlanders there is a slight edge us men can be happy about.